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1968 Tucker Brown Stella sail no.100 ‘Centaur’


Centaur – Specification – March 2021

Centaur is a fine and original example of Kim Holman’s classic Stella class.

She has enjoyed a careful and considered history of guardianship on both the south and east coasts, where she has been raced, cruised and loved for more than 50 years.

Most recently she has enjoyed ongoing, meticulous maintenance by her experienced current owner while based at Fox’s Marina & Boatyard on the river Orwell in Suffolk.

Over the last 10 years various specialist repair and maintenance work has been carried out to a high standard – including keel bolts, removal and re-bedding of ballast, partial re-fastening, topsides refinishing, epoxy/glass sheathing of decks and a complete professional re-wire.

She has given her current owners much pleasure and many hours enjoying local cruising and some classic racing on the east coast of England.

Her conventional interior offers comfort for two and can accommodate four if the bespoke stainless steel framed pipecots are installed in the forepeak.

Despite having been subtly optimised for racing, the vessel retains the most fantastic original charm and provides much satisfaction of ownership and the inevitable ‘Nice Boat’ comments from all who see her!

Centaur – Holman Stella Class fractional sloop

Lying Fox’s Marina, Ipswich, Suffolk

Product Description

Designer Kim Holman


Waterline 20’

Beam 7’6”

Draft 4’

Built Tucker Brown, Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex 1968

SAILS Mainsail – Gowen (good)

Mainsail – Parker & Kay (serviceable)

Genoa – Gowen (good)

Radial cut genoa – Gowen (old)

Working Jib – Gowen (good)

Spinnaker – Gowen (good) 

Wire luff storm jib (old but serviceable)

Various other sails available on request

ENGINE Renault Couach RC8D

Single cylinder 8hp diesel coupled to 3:1 reduction/reverse transmission driving 14” 2 blade propeller with 11” pitch.

Seawater-cooled. Wet exhaust.

Electric starter and 28 amp alternator

Twin 12V battery system – 70Ah start & 85Ah domestic 

12v electrics running domestic & sailing systems.

LED mast head tricolour/anchor light and conventional deck level navigation lights

LED interior lighting. Radio & navigation electronics.

Fresh water pump

2 electric and one manual bilge pumps.

Jabsco sea toilet

Origo 2 burner spirit stove on gimbals 


Anchor 7.5kg Lewmar (Bruce type) plough 

Chain/warp 8m x 10mm chain spliced to 30m x 14mm 8 plait anchor warp

Kedge 3kg Delta, short chain & 20m warp

Andersen ST18 stainless self-tailing sheet winches and Lewmar 8 halyard winches.

Easymatic Mainsheet system on Lewmar traveller

Z Spars Rod Kicker

Z Spars aluminium spinnaker pole

Sylva Bulkhead Steering compass

Lowrance HDS Gen2 Touch Chart Plotter

Sylva S10 DSC VHF Radio

Nexus Sea Data Depth and Speed

Bilge pumps 2 auto electric Rule 500GPH

1 manual Whale Gusher cockpit

Boarding ladder


Various warps

Boat hook

Red ensign and staff

Various loose blocks, sheets/guys

Misc. loose gear, spares and equipment

Diesel and water jerry cans

Coach roof weather covers

Boom/mainsail cover

Tiller cover

Various spares and loose equipment available on request

Inflatable dinghy available on request


New ballast keel bolts machined, galvanised & fitted with over size stainless backing plates 2013

Full re-wire 2013

Full interior re-paint 2013

Hull stripped and spray painted 2013

Deck stripped and epoxied 2014

New Douglas Fir boom 2015

New 316 stainless rudder bearings with replaceable marine grade nylon inserts 2018